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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Try This Recipe: 5-Spice Beef with Soba Noodles

This featured recipe is published with permission from page 129, Cooking with Kaye: Methods to Meals. Enjoy it tonight!


Five-Spice Beef with Soba Noodles

Indy Chef, satisfies carb cravings, beef provides potent protein nutrients

This is a complete meal with the perfect balance of protein, complex carbohydrate, dietary fat, and whole grain carbohydrates found in the heart-healthy soba noodles. Chinese five-spice powder is a pungent mixture of five ground spices. Most five-spice blends combine equal parts of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. Look for it on the spice aisle of your favorite grocery store.


1 (8-ounce) package whole grain soba noodles
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 (16-ounce) flank steak, trimmed, cut into ¼-inch strips
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 green onions, minced
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
2 ripe tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
2 green onions; cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Directions: Cook soba noodles according to package directions. While noodles cook, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and steak in a large bowl; toss to coat. In a large high-sided skillet or wok heat oil over high heat. Add minced green onions and garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds until aromatic. Add beef mixture; cook 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add tomato wedges and green onion pieces; cook 2 minutes. Divide soba noodles among four plates and top each with equal portions of the beef mixture.

Nutrition: Serves 4. Each serving provides 374 calories, 28 grams protein, 12 grams fat, 36 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams dietary fiber.

Try This: This recipe adapts easily to different protein. Try it with poultry, firm fish, or shellfish. ~ Add red or yellow bell peppers to include more antioxidant immunity boosting nutrients in your diet. ~ Hoisin sauce provides sweet and spicy complex flavor. Find bottled Hoisin sauce, also called Peking sauce, on the International foods aisle.

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